Job Vacancy:

Grade 2 Pharmacist, Specialist in Poisons Information

Position: Part-Time - 20 hours a week 12 month fixed contract
Job Code: 27860
Employer: Austin Health
Salary: Per hospital pharmacist award SX2 to SX5 ($787 to $887 per week)
Closing application date: 16/12/2018

Job Description

To provide information and advice to members of the public and medical professionals in cases of poisoning, suspected poisoning, overdose, mistakes with medicines and envenomation.

Benefits:

Salary packaging,
Car parking at reasonable rates,
Financial support and encouragement to attend work-related conferences,
On-site childcare,
Close to public transport.

Selection Criteria:

Essential:
Pharmacist registered with the AHPRA, with clinical experience.
Ability to communicate clearly, confidently and sympathetically with all users of the VPIC service.
Desirable:
A prior work history as a clinical pharmacist working in an Emergency Department or ICU.
Extra qualifications, e.g. Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Toxicology or similar would be an advantage. Other qualifications indicating specialist knowledge of drugs and poisons would be desirable.

Additional information:

Victorian Poisons Information Centre (VPIC) commenced operation in 1962. It was located at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne from 1976 to 2008. In August 2008, the centre moved to the Austin Hospital, to co-locate and integrate with the Austin Hospital Clinical Toxicology Service (AHCTS). VPIC is located in the Austin Hospital Emergency Department, and is directed administratively as part of the Austin Hospital Pharmacy Department.

VPIC provides members of the Victorian public with:
• risk assessment, first aid, and management advice in the event of poisoning or suspected poisoning involving: accidental/unintentional exposures that include therapeutic errors and occupational workplace exposures; deliberate self poisonings; envenomations; toxic hazard situations
• advice regarding the need for medical assessment
• information, advice and resources about prevention of poisoning
• referral to other information sources or agencies if appropriate
• selected drug information.

VPIC provides health professionals with:
• a risk assessment in the event of poisoning or suspected poisoning involving: accidental/unintentional exposures that include therapeutic errors and occupational workplace exposures; deliberate self poisonings; envenomations; toxic hazard situations
• information about the potential toxic effects from an exposure
• initial and ongoing management advice
• information on formulation of products
• referral to other information sources or agencies if appropriate
• referral to a member of the supporting medical toxicology team (registrar, fellow or consultant) for complicated and/or severe cases, following agreed escalation protocols
• information and data about trends in poisonings (toxicovigilance).

VPIC aims to prevent unnecessary visits to general practitioners and hospitals and unnecessary ambulance callouts, and to ensure patients who are poisoned or envenomed receive the most appropriate treatment promptly.

The VPIC telephone number is 13 11 26. This number can be used Australia-wide for the cost of a local call (excluding mobile phones).

How to Apply

Download this position description and apply directly: Further Information:
Contact: Mr Jeff Robinson 9496 4509